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SK Telecom reveal the future of League of Legends super-star Faker

Published: 20/Nov/2018 13:58 Updated: 20/Nov/2018 13:59

by Joe O'Brien

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South Korean League of Legends team SK Telecom T1 have announced the future of super-star mid-laner Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok.

Speculation arose regarding Faker’s status with the organization for the coming season as his contract officially expired on November 19.

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SK Telecom T1 have now confirmed that Faker will in fact remain with the team, however. Support player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho and AD Carry Han ‘Leo’ Gyeo-re have also renewed their contracts.

The announcement comes shortly after the team revealed that seven members of their 2018 roster, including iconic bot-lane duo Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik and Lee ‘Wolf’ Jae-wan, would be parting ways with the organization.

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Faker has been the center-piece of SK Telecom since his professional debut in 2013, during which he famously solo-killed Kang ‘Ambition’ Chan-yong for first blood, who was considered at the time to be among the best mid-laners in the league.

LoL EsportsLeague of Legends just wouldn’t feel right without Faker in SKT.

In the years since, Faker has become the most decorated player in League of Legends, winning six domestic titles and three World Championships. He’s almost universally considered the greatest League of Legends player of all time, and is one of the most iconic players in any esport.

SK Telecom T1 have yet to announce any new additions for the coming season, although it’s been reported that former Jin Air AD Carry Park ‘Teddy’ Jin-seong has signed with the organization.

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Other rumors have suggested the team may be pursuing 2014 World Championship MVP Cho ‘Mata’ Se-hyeong at Support, and a possible return for former SKT Jungler Han ‘Peanut’ Wang-ho, although nothing has been confirmed on either count.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.